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Meat matters

The Union government hasn’t banned beef as is commonly believed. It has also not banned cow slaughter. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, notified by the Centre on 23 May, only regulates the manner in which animal markets are supposed to function, and how the animals brought for trade are to be treated there. These rules do not, at any point, ban cow slaughter

Challenges ahead

It is as much a manifestation of the steady public faith in the Narendra Modi government as an index of the failure of the country’s Opposition parties to inspire confidence that three years after the BJP-led government swept to power, its stock continues to be high. There is no better reason for it than the undiminished charisma of Prime Minister Modi himself. There indeed are many factors that have contributed

Right way forward

True to the intent expressed in the last annual budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has abolished the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) that has been vetting foreign investment proposals that exceeded Rs 3,000 crore. Introduced in the wake of liberalisation, the FIPB had lost its value with nearly 95 per cent of FDI coming through the automatic route in recent years. Only in 11 sectors there was need for prior

Delay continues

It is deeply regrettable that Chief Justice of India JS Khehar’s well-intentioned attempt to send out a message on the judiciary’s readiness to give up long summer vacation to tackle the problem of mounting pendency of cases has largely proved a non-starter. Out of three Constitution Benches that were supposed to hear important issues of law during the 45-day-long vacation, only one bench, led by Justice Khehar transacted business and

Mayhem most foul

It takes an extraordinary kind of evil to murder children at a packed pop concert. Teenagers and children as young as six were among those still missing after an IS suicide bomber targeted people leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, in northwest UK. There were 22 people killed and 59 more injured in the terrorist attack, in which witnesses told of nuts, bolts and flesh flying everywhere. IS

Youth power

The 10th edition of the IPL has ended with the finals, as the cliche has it, going down to the wire with the winner — Mumbai Indians — being decided on the very last ball of the tournament. It was a heart-break moment for the Rising Pune Supergiant who had done pretty well till that moment. Even though the response to the IPL has been muted in these parts for the

Education imperatives

In this age of knowledge, it is high-order skills and innovation that allow for high wages; bookish knowledge on its own has rather limited value. Perhaps, this is the main reason that most professional degrees in India today do not guarantee employability. One recent report even claimed that only 10-36 per cent of software engineers in various metros were employable, while the figures for design engineers were even lower. Learning by

Jilted at job market

While there is cause for satisfaction at the overall 7 per cent growth of the Indian economy, the jobs scenario is far from comforting and should worry the Narendra Modi government which had come to power on the promise of cutting down on joblessness. According to a recently-released report of eight key sectors of the non-farm economy, compiled by the Labour Bureau of the Central government, jobs increased by a

Diplomatic victory

There is cause for deep satisfaction for India over the order of the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.  The court, based in The Hague in the Netherlands, has ruled that Jadhav, a retired naval officer turned businessman, who was sentenced to death by an army court in Pakistan on what India strongly believes were trumped up charges of spying and terrorism, cannot be executed until the

Medicine for medical community

The Prime Minister’s recent speech asking doctors to use generic drugs is a reiteration of the directive of the Medical Council of India (MCI) in its notification of October 2016.  ‘Every physician should prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs’.  The Prime Minister earlier in his election speeches, too, has raised the issue

Tough IT out

The figures being given for employees to be laid off this year by the top seven IT companies range from 20,000 to 56,000. Nasscom has, however, described the number of layoffs as being ‘speculative’ and noted that industry continues to hire 1.5 lakh people annually. In any case, there is an annual performance-based system of  ‘planned exits’ in the industry which is about 1-2 per cent of the total estimated 45 lakh